The Amazon Rainforest, which is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, is currently on fire, and its smoke is so massive that it has caused darkness in Sau Paolo, which is the largest city in Brazil.
The tropical rainforest is so big that it reaches the northwestern part of Brazil, Columbia, Peru, and some South American Countries.
According to a report that was published by the Reuters, the National Institute for Space Research spotted over 9500 forest fires, and most of them are concentrated in the Amazon.
Satellite images that were released by NASA show smoke smothering over the Southern regions of the United States of America.
Sao Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil, was plunged into darkness as a result of the fire.
— Leandro Mota (@leandromota_) August 19, 2019
Smoke coming from 1700 miles away turned Day into Night.
Josélia Pegorim, a meteorologist, said, “The smoke did not come from fires from the state of Sao Paulo, but from very dense and wide fires that have been going on for several days in Rondônia and Bolivia. The cold front changed the direction of the winds and transported this smoke to Sao Paulo.”
“Here in the Greater Sao Paulo region we had the combination of this excess humidity with the smoke, so it gave this appearance in the sky”
A video released by WMO shows the scale of wildfire smoke.
From the other side of Earth, here’s the latest on the Amazonia fires 🌳
Produced by @CopernicusEU’s atmosphere monitoring service, it shows the smoke reaching the Atlantic coast and São Paulo 🇧🇷
— WMO | OMM (@WMO) August 20, 2019
Since last week, a state of emergency has been declared in the Amazon Rainforest.
The biggest tropical rainforest plays a huge role in slowing down the pace of Global Warming, the Amazon rainforest is considered as one of the biggest carbon stores of our planet.
Not only this, but the Amazon Rainforest is home to a number of animal species that are only found in the tropical rainforest.
Here are some animals that are found in the Amazon Rainforest:
- Harpy Eagle
- Golden Lion Tamarin
- Jesus Lizard
- Poison Dart Frog
- Amazon River Dolphin
- Giant Armadillo
- Giant River Otter
- Lophostoma Yasuni Bat
- South American Tapir
- King Vulture
- Spectacled Owl
- South American River Turtle
Experts believe that the wildfire was ignited by human activities, such as deforesting, cattle ranching, and other activities.
Alberto Setzer, a researcher with the INPE, said that dry season is not the only reason that caused the fire to start.
He said, “There is nothing abnormal about the climate this year or the rainfall in the Amazon region, which is just a little below average. The dry season creates the favorable conditions for the use and spread of fire, but starting a fire is the work of humans, either deliberately or by accident.”
The Amazon rainforest is currently burning at a second rate, and many citizens of Brazil are blaming Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, for his support for deforestation.
This year alone, 72,843 fires have been detected in Brazil, and more than half of these numbers are in the Amazon Region.
Those numbers are over 80 percent more than the fires that were detected in Amazon last year.
Yesterday, President Bolsonaro said that the fire in Amazon may have been caused by nongovernmental organizations.
He said, “Crime exists, and we need to make sure that this type of crime does not increase. We took money away from the NGOs.”
He added, “They are now feeling the pinch from the lack of funding. So, maybe the NGO types are conducting these criminal acts in order to generate negative attention against me and against the Brazilian government. This is the war we are facing.”
A video of an indigenous woman also went viral that showed her crying about her land.
Watch the video below: